The ABI Research Home Automation and Monitoring study, while examining the market for home automation and home security technologies, concludes that “No New Wire” Technologies is set to trigger tremendous growth in the Home Automation Market.

The study indicated that although current shipments of home automation systems totaled only 1.8million worldwide, the figure was expected to witness an uptrend and touch 12 million in 2016.

Such robust growth was attributed to the use of standards-based, “no new wire” wireless and powerline technologies such as ZigBee that not only expanded the addressable market but also ensured a drive down of system costs.

Innovation was another buzzword that was pandered about and Google’s recently-launched “Android (News – Alert)@Home Framework.” was cited as an example where a new low power wireless communications protocol was used for connectivity when other means were either not available or not economically viable.

Such a framework enabled operational devices to connect to centralized home automation application and be controlled via a smartphone.

So, is the Android@Home Framework going to push ZigBee off the scaffolding? ABI practice director Sam Lucero, thinks that this will not happen as the Android@Home Framework itself is being targeted as competition by other software vendors.

Lucero goes on to add that as these incumbent vendors are themselves engaged in consolidation and partnership development, Google (News – Alert) was likely to be up against some powerful vendors and not a set of inconsequential start ups that it would have faced yesteryear.

Another valid point that is worth mentioning is the trend in the use of cellular wireless technologies. The intersection of home automation and home security technologies is likely to spur the growth of home automation systems.
Author: Mini Swamy, contributing editor for TMCnet.

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